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2018 Gaelic4Teens

4 clubs from Leinster have been selected for the 2018 Gaelic4Teens programme starting Saturday 24 February

Clonard Volunteers (Wexford)

Naomh Mearnóg (Dublin)

Erin go Bragh (Dublin)

Ballymore (Longford)

The programme will help clubs to retain their current playing bases while also recruiting players in the 15-17 age bracket, which has been identified as a group with a high drop-out rate. Tutors will work closely with coaches, influencing the content of their coaching sessions as well as establishing the best ways for coaches to communicate with their players.

As well as tailoring training sessions, there will be a focus on education that will see star inter-county players Sharon Courtney (Monaghan), Cliodhna O’Connor (ex-Dublin), and Orlagh Farmer (Cork) provide expertise and advice to participants throughout the duration of the programme.

The research that prompted the development of the Gaelic4Teens programme revealed that players play for enjoyment, to keep fit and healthy, to relieve stress and because their friends also play. The reasons highlighted for giving up the sport are that they don’t get enough playing time, there is no fun at training, that it is too competitive and that they are treated differently.

What is Gaelic4Teens?

Gaelic4Teens is a participation based initiative run over 8 weeks aimed at increasing the retention rate of teenage girls aged 15-17 years in clubs.   It is essential to create a clear player pathway in every club and it is vital that all clubs invest time in recruiting and retaining teenage girls in their structures.  Through the Gaelic4Teens initiative clubs are provided with a new and fun avenue to retain these players usually subject to an increased level of dropout.

What are the aims of the Gaelic4Teens Programme?

  • To increase the retention rates of teenage girls playing Ladies Gaelic football in a club
  • To provide a unique programme of Ladies Gaelic Football activities to attract girls aged 15-17 years
  • To educate coaches in relation to the needs and interests of teenage girls in sport
  • To develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment

What are the benefits of running Gaelic4Teens in your Club?

  • FREE training will be provided to the Coaches and Co-ordinator in your Club
  • Resources will be provided to your Club to market and advertise the Programme
  • Coaching structures across the teams of this age group in your club will be improved
  • Club will be invited to attend National Gaelic4Teens Day

For further information contact Suzi Bowen